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In Pictures: DR Congo's M23 fighters
Civilians flee from the Bunagana district of Congo, before clashes between the M23 rebels and Congolese army begin.
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2012 11:09


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
A mother and her two children leave the Bunagana district ahead of an expected round of fighting between rebel M23 soldiers and troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo army. The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Many of the refugees fleeing the fighting in Bunagana district say they have frequently been forced to move since 1994, when the Rwandan genocide drove hundreds of thousands of people over the border into Congo, sowing the seeds of conflicts that continue to this day.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
United Nations peacekeepers in light armoured vehicles guard the main intersection in the town of Rutshuru, in eastern Congo, as civilians flee another expected round of fighting. The UN was the last line of defence for the town, as Congolese government troops fled their posts ahead of the M23 rebel advance.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Thousands of people took shelter outside a UN peacekeepers base in Kiwanja as the M23 rebels advanced. Civilians said they feared a repeat of the 2008 massacre in Kiwanja, which was blamed on some of the men who are now part of M23.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
An M23 rebel fighter stands watch over Bunagana town from a military post captured from government forces.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
M23 rebels relax by the road that connects the town of Bunagana with Rutshuru, after driving out government troops.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
M23 fighters show off a captured rocket launcher found on a hill overlooking the border town of Bunagana. The rebels captured the hill and the town from government forces on July 6.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Many M23 fighters are former rebels who agreed to be integrated into the government army under a 2009 agreement. They say they are fighting to push the government to honour that agreement, but the Congolese government and a panel of UN investigators have accused Rwanda of organising, financing and supplying the rebels.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Many M23 fighters are well-armed, with relatively new weapons. The Congolese government says that is evidence of foreign support for the rebels, and that Rwanda is behind the movement. Rwanda, however, has denied the charge.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
M23 soldiers relax in trenches around the Congolese army's military headquarters overlooking Rutshuru. Most government troops left the town before the rebels arrived, and Rutshuru fell without serious fighting.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (standing, left) talks to his friend and colleague Captain Komayombi Kaposho while he prepares a meal of beans from their vegetable patch at the Rumangabo military base.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (left) and Captain Komayombi Kaposho outside their barracks at the Rumangabo Military base. Vegetable gardens supplement the soldiers' rations.


Peter Greste/Al Jazeera
Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane is one of only two military officers out of 2,500 soldiers who chose to remain at the base as the M23 rebels approached.



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A mother and her two children leave the Bunagana district ahead of an expected round of fighting between rebel M23 soldiers and troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo army. The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.;*;Many of the refugees fleeing the fighting in Bunagana district say they have frequently been forced to move since 1994, when the Rwandan genocide drove hundreds of thousands of people over the border into Congo, sowing the seeds of conflicts that continue to this day.;*;United Nations peacekeepers in light armoured vehicles guard the main intersection in the town of Rutshuru, in eastern Congo, as civilians flee another expected round of fighting. The UN was the last line of defence for the town, as Congolese government troops fled their posts ahead of the M23 rebel advance.;*;Thousands of people took shelter outside a UN peacekeepers base in Kiwanja as the M23 rebels advanced. Civilians said they feared a repeat of the 2008 massacre in Kiwanja, which was blamed on some of the men who are now part of M23.;*;An M23 rebel fighter stands watch over Bunagana town from a military post captured from government forces. ;*;M23 rebels relax by the road that connects the town of Bunagana with Rutshuru, after driving out government troops.;*;M23 fighters show off a captured rocket launcher found on a hill overlooking the border town of Bunagana. The rebels captured the hill and the town from government forces on July 6.;*;Many M23 fighters are former rebels who agreed to be integrated into the government army under a 2009 agreement. They say they are fighting to push the government to honour that agreement, but the Congolese government and a panel of UN investigators have accused Rwanda of organising, financing and supplying the rebels.;*;Many M23 fighters are well-armed, with relatively new weapons. The Congolese government says that is evidence of foreign support for the rebels, and that Rwanda is behind the movement. Rwanda, however, has denied the charge.;*;M23 soldiers relax in trenches around the Congolese army\(***)s military headquarters overlooking Rutshuru. Most government troops left the town before the rebels arrived, and Rutshuru fell without serious fighting. ;*;Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (standing, left) talks to his friend and colleague Captain Komayombi Kaposho while he prepares a meal of beans from their vegetable patch at the Rumangabo military base.;*;Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (left) and Captain Komayombi Kaposho outside their barracks at the Rumangabo Military base. Vegetable gardens supplement the soldiers\(***) rations.;*;Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane is one of only two military officers out of 2,500 soldiers who chose to remain at the base as the M23 rebels approached. Daylife ID:
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Congo photo essayhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essayen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:29:07 GMTSun, 15 Jul 2012 10:55:53 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0c426zf23K8hd

A mother and her two children leave the Bunagana district ahead of an expected round of fighting between rebel M23 soldiers and troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo army. The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0c426zf23K8hdPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A mother and her two children leave the Bunagana district ahead of an expected round of fighting between rebel M23 soldiers and troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo army. The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=097qcf6bdPfJC

Many of the refugees fleeing the fighting in Bunagana district say they have frequently been forced to move since 1994, when the Rwandan genocide drove hundreds of thousands of people over the border into Congo, sowing the seeds of conflicts that continue to this day.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=097qcf6bdPfJCPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Many of the refugees fleeing the fighting in Bunagana district say they have frequently been forced to move since 1994, when the Rwandan genocide drove hundreds of thousands of people over the border into Congo, sowing the seeds of conflicts that continue to this day.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0grB2Yu2jE17x

United Nations peacekeepers in light armoured vehicles guard the main intersection in the town of Rutshuru, in eastern Congo, as civilians flee another expected round of fighting. The UN was the last line of defence for the town, as Congolese government troops fled their posts ahead of the M23 rebel advance.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0grB2Yu2jE17xPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

United Nations peacekeepers in light armoured vehicles guard the main intersection in the town of Rutshuru, in eastern Congo, as civilians flee another expected round of fighting. The UN was the last line of defence for the town, as Congolese government troops fled their posts ahead of the M23 rebel advance.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=03k6c038Tv9xN

Thousands of people took shelter outside a UN peacekeepers base in Kiwanja as the M23 rebels advanced. Civilians said they feared a repeat of the 2008 massacre in Kiwanja, which was blamed on some of the men who are now part of M23.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=03k6c038Tv9xNPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Thousands of people took shelter outside a UN peacekeepers base in Kiwanja as the M23 rebels advanced. Civilians said they feared a repeat of the 2008 massacre in Kiwanja, which was blamed on some of the men who are now part of M23.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=00Dq81N3lScXB

An M23 rebel fighter stands watch over Bunagana town from a military post captured from government forces.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=00Dq81N3lScXBPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

An M23 rebel fighter stands watch over Bunagana town from a military post captured from government forces.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0dKI6lWbkc1bk

M23 rebels relax by the road that connects the town of Bunagana with Rutshuru, after driving out government troops.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0dKI6lWbkc1bkPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

M23 rebels relax by the road that connects the town of Bunagana with Rutshuru, after driving out government troops.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=01Xi2p01tbcuq

M23 fighters show off a captured rocket launcher found on a hill overlooking the border town of Bunagana. The rebels captured the hill and the town from government forces on July 6.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=01Xi2p01tbcuqPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

M23 fighters show off a captured rocket launcher found on a hill overlooking the border town of Bunagana. The rebels captured the hill and the town from government forces on July 6.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0exH7fm5IHce3

Many M23 fighters are former rebels who agreed to be integrated into the government army under a 2009 agreement. They say they are fighting to push the government to honour that agreement, but the Congolese government and a panel of UN investigators have accused Rwanda of organising, financing and supplying the rebels.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0exH7fm5IHce3Peter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Many M23 fighters are former rebels who agreed to be integrated into the government army under a 2009 agreement. They say they are fighting to push the government to honour that agreement, but the Congolese government and a panel of UN investigators have accused Rwanda of organising, financing and supplying the rebels.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0b5acG9043bmH

Many M23 fighters are well-armed, with relatively new weapons. The Congolese government says that is evidence of foreign support for the rebels, and that Rwanda is behind the movement. Rwanda, however, has denied the charge.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0b5acG9043bmHPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Many M23 fighters are well-armed, with relatively new weapons. The Congolese government says that is evidence of foreign support for the rebels, and that Rwanda is behind the movement. Rwanda, however, has denied the charge.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0fTog1oga78cf

M23 soldiers relax in trenches around the Congolese army's military headquarters overlooking Rutshuru. Most government troops left the town before the rebels arrived, and Rutshuru fell without serious fighting.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0fTog1oga78cfPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

M23 soldiers relax in trenches around the Congolese army's military headquarters overlooking Rutshuru. Most government troops left the town before the rebels arrived, and Rutshuru fell without serious fighting.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0gL10ER2FegTo

Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (standing, left) talks to his friend and colleague Captain Komayombi Kaposho while he prepares a meal of beans from their vegetable patch at the Rumangabo military base.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=0gL10ER2FegToPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (standing, left) talks to his friend and colleague Captain Komayombi Kaposho while he prepares a meal of beans from their vegetable patch at the Rumangabo military base.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=01IUg8oddI01S

Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (left) and Captain Komayombi Kaposho outside their barracks at the Rumangabo Military base. Vegetable gardens supplement the soldiers' rations.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=01IUg8oddI01SPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane (left) and Captain Komayombi Kaposho outside their barracks at the Rumangabo Military base. Vegetable gardens supplement the soldiers' rations.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=00dm53hdiN8FE

Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane is one of only two military officers out of 2,500 soldiers who chose to remain at the base as the M23 rebels approached.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:59:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Congo-photo-essay?image_id=00dm53hdiN8FEPeter GresteAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Lieutenant Kongolo Nadiane is one of only two military officers out of 2,500 soldiers who chose to remain at the base as the M23 rebels approached.



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